I reckon I must be the most brightly illuminated cyclist in the North. This is thanks to my dear other half who insists I dress up brighter than a Christmas tree as she worries I'll be knocked off my bike in the dark nights when I cycle back from work. I do admit though that my Respro High Viz Ankle Bands are great and I have also recommended them to a couple of friends who also use cycles for getting to work.
I have fairly thick ankles so I was looking for something that I was able to easily adjust to fit over my trousers and cycle shoes and these came up trumps. They fit even my ample ankles with room to spare but they are fully adjustable with the Velcro fasters on them. The Velcro appears to be really hardy and well made as I have given it some welly as I've had these for a while now but they are continuing to stick well. They are bright glaring yellow and can really be seen well when headlights are upon me - they remind me of those yellow high viz jackets that workmen use on the roads - really bright.
The ankle straps are made from a really tough nylon fabric and though they've had some road dirt and oil splashed over them, I find that if I just rub over the outside with a damp cloth that they actually come up really well.
Just in case I forget which leg is my left and which is my right - these nifty ankle straps have an L and an R on them, so I know which ankle to strap them to. They are mid price range at £15.99 when I bought them, though they may be slightly more now as I have had mine a little while. Having said that though, they are just as effective now as they were when new and they are definitely a good idea for when cycling (or even running) on dark winter nights.
These high viz ankle bands are a wonderfully simple design that can actually be worn either around the ankle or the arm so they are ideal for both night time cycling or running if you want to improve the chances of you being seen by motor vehicles. While they do not really replace the need for a high viz jacket they are useful to carry around as a back up or for those occasions when you do not have one and because they are so small they are easy to store unlike a jacket which takes up a bit more room.
They are made from a tough nylon fabric and they utilise velcro to secure them in place with a fold over lip to ensure that they stay in place. The velcro is strong and I have never had a problem with these comming off, they are easy to fit and remove and very comfortable to wear as you are not really aware that you have them on, I bought them after seeing another rider with them on and was impressed by how visible they were even from a distance in the car lights. They are all the more visible because as they are on your ankles and your legs are going around then they are constantly moving and this means that they are more likely to be seen by vehicles especially lorries and the like who have a higher range of vision.
I have worn them a couple of times when I have been out running however when running I have worn them on my upper biceps rather than my ankles as I would not want to wear them right next to my skin and when I run I tend to use three quarter length running shorts and only an inner sock in my trainers. The neoprene in them means that they do flex well while running and my muscles are being exerted which applies a bit of pressure to the nands and they stay in place nice and securely.
There is neoprene in them so they have some give in them and stretch a little which makes them easier to adjust. They retail for £16.99 and to make your liofe easy they have a R and L on them so you know which one goes on which leg. When they get dirty you can just washing them in warm water and there is no deterioration in the quality of the product after washing. They are well made and pretty tough and a useful safety aid for cyclists and runners alike.
One size fits all. They will provide some visibility in the day time as well however this is less obvious as it is really the reflective qualities at night that this product is really designed for, during the day a bright shirt is much better to make sure you are seen.
Overall I have been very impressed with them and they have proven to be a good addition to the range of products that I use to ensure that I'm safe on the road.
"Respro Hi-Viz Ankle Bands. High Visibility. Respro® ankle bands are the ideal product for increasing visibility for both day and night time use. They incorporate Scotchlite™ on one side and Day-Glo yellow nylon lycra on the other side. Two Velcro™ fasteners make the product quick and easy ...."